Tuesday, March 5, 2024

Review: Steak – No God to Save

Steak have been around a little while and done a great job of putting on some seriously good performances that can leave bands they’ve supported looking mediocre. Finally they’ve done some time in the studio and the release of their latest effort ‘No God to Save’ is due Friday.

When it comes to awesome festivals like desertfest, they release a two track EP that will have a carefully selected couple of bands involved, last year saw the awesome Monster Magnet and British sludge favourites Raging Speedhorn. This year however, they chose two bands that really couldn’t deserve it more, one being the impressive Green Leaf, the other being of course Steak. For those lucky enough to have treated themselves to a copy of it, they will already have heard the albums opener ‘Overthrow’ and sweet Jesus it is one hell of a track!

If you’ve not heard it, then make sure when you get to listen, you sit down, turn it up, and prepare to be blown away. When it comes to the album though, you cannot really be prepared for the experience your about to get. ‘Coke Dick’ kicks off in a slow, epic start before unleashing the monster of a beast that it really is, a perfect match to carrying on from ‘Overthrow’. ‘Clones’ takes an eerie and sinister feel as it swells and creeps along into ‘King Lizard’, wish starts just as dark with real explosive results that have a slight touch of Tool to them, a quick favourite of mine on the album.

By the time I find myself halfway through the album, I can’t think of anything more that it can deliver for me, yet somehow the treats keep coming. Each and every song is just insanely good, the production is clear and nailed perfectly too, almost sounding at points like this is exactly how it’ll sound live, and that prospect is something that really excites me to witness.

I’ve known and seen Steak many times in the past, I’ve always been a fan, but I can quite honestly say that with ‘No God to Save’ they have far surpassed any expectations I could imagine. With the quality of tracks like this, any fan of the stoner or heavy rock and roll scene would be a fool to pass up on getting this album, it isn’t even halfway through the year yet and this will be a strong contender for album of the year. I’d even pass up on my own funeral if it meant listening to this album once more!

For those in the UK, Steak will be opening up supporting Slo Burn in London at the Electric Ballroom on June 20th, buy a ticket and get there early, with an album like this, they are a must see band live, and these tracks are going to be phenomenal to witness live.

Ash Crowson
Ash Crowsonhttp://www.acrowsonphotography.co.uk
RAMzine Senior Contributor - Guitarist, photographer, geek, gamer, full on metalhead and allround barfly, if i'm not at work, a gig or studying for my degree, you'll find me at the bar! A fascination with second world war history and military aviation. All with a very dry humour to round me off!

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